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Athabasca University


Fall 2015 FHSS Symposium hosted by MA-IS:

The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Integration

When: Wednesday, September 23, 9am - 4:30pm

Where: Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue, Edmonton AB

Lunch will be available onsite. There will be a post-symposium social with food and cash bar at Sorrentino's Café on 109 Street, just north of Athabasca University Edmonton. Teleconference and Adobe Connect will be made available for those who cannot physically attend.

Interdisciplinarity has been a hallmark of FHSS graduate studies since its inception. But our graduate program carries the notion of "integration" in its title. The concept of integration invokes a sense of the socially-embedded nature of research and the results of the learning process – the integration of knowledge production within the academy and between the academy and society at large. We will try to enlarge our understanding of the integrative nature of research and learning at this symposium. This will be an opportunity to:

  • Present research that is ongoing
  • Engage in discussion with colleagues on that research
  • Reflect upon the meaning of integration in research, both across and within disciplines

There are two ways in which you can participate:

1) Submit an abstract for a 15 minute presentation on your research.

As with our symposium in 2010, this doesn’t have to be “finished research”. If you are opening up an area of inquiry, this can be an excellent venue for research that is still in the planning stages. The potential topic areas are open, including but not limited to our focus areas: Educational Studies • Community Studies • Work, Organization, and Leadership • Literary Studies • Global Change • Heritage and Social History • Equity Studies • Canada, the North and the Globe • Adult Education • Writing and New Media • Cultural Studies

Complete descriptions are available at

2) Participate in our Mini-Lecture

We will kick-start the symposium with a series of rapid-fire presentations. These can be either a 3-minute mini-lecture or a “half-PechaKucha” of ten 20-second Powerpoint slides.

The Mini-Lecture topic:

INTEGRATE THIS! An integrated approach suggests that academic research must be integrated with socially-driven questions and concerns. How do we combine this (or can we combine this) with the need for "pure" research, whose social applicability might not be apparent for decades?

Register here

Please return your filled out form to by July 31st, 2015.

Updated July 11 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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